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Take me with you.
    Let’s run away.

The king took me into his room.

The Women of Jerusalem to the Man

We will rejoice and be happy for you.
    Remember, your love is better than wine.
    With good reason, the young women love you.

She Speaks to the Women

Daughters of Jerusalem,
    I am dark and beautiful,
    as black as the tents of Kedar and Salma.[a]

Don’t look at how dark I am,
    at how dark the sun has made me.
My brothers were angry with me.
    They forced me to take care of their vineyards,
    so I could not take care of myself.[b]

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Footnotes

  1. Song of Solomon 1:5 Kedar and Salma Arabian tribes. For “Salma” the standard Hebrew text has “Solomon,” but compare “Salma, Salmon” in Ruth 4:20-21.
  2. Song of Solomon 1:6 myself Literally, “my own vineyard.”

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